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Guidelines

We all of us need guidelines to negotiate our lives, and most of us know it. If we’re not to be swept away by calamity or confusion, we need a … Continue reading

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Saturday, 28 January, 2017 · Leave a comment

Shakespeare’s fame

Not much is known about Shakespeare’s life, but that means that it’s always possible to find out something more (at least for a non specialist like me). Career trajectory Shakespeare … Continue reading

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Thursday, 19 January, 2017 · Leave a comment

Dashiell Hammett’s 5 novels

I first read the books of Dashiell Hammett after reading Raymond Chandler. Chandler’s essay The Simple Art of Murder, and some of his letters, give Hammett his due as one … Continue reading

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Saturday, 7 January, 2017 · 4 Comments

Evolution+

I’m interested in some sciences, in an amateurish way, and I enjoy finding out that everything is not as neatly tabulated as scientists want us to think. I used to … Continue reading

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Tuesday, 3 January, 2017 · Leave a comment

Something big

It’s very easy to get answers. You just have to ask the wrong questions. But if you persist in asking important questions – they’re the ones without an answer – … Continue reading

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Saturday, 10 December, 2016 · 1 Comment

The search for eternity

Holy Innocents Chapter 2 of the Gospel of St Matthew records what might be an old tale concerning Zarathustra. In the Persian empire Zarathustra had been a reforming religious figure, … Continue reading

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Sunday, 4 December, 2016 · 2 Comments

The magus and his spell

John Fowles (1926-2005) was an English novelist fortunate enough to sell the screen rights of his first three novels: The Collector (book 1963, film 1965); The Magus (book 1966 and … Continue reading

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Thursday, 24 November, 2016 · 3 Comments